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Lexus RC350 F Sport v BMW 435i coupe : Comparison review

From the moment the Lexus RC350 F Sport threaded through a first sharp corner it clicked that this is not only a proper BMW 435i rival, but is one that could dethrone the benchmark in the premium coupe class. Lexus nails quality and refinement almost consistently enough that its engineers even seem bored with just ticking off those virtues...

BMW 5 Series v Hyundai Genesis : Comparison review

Some might argue this is a pointless test. They’d say there’s not a chance in a fiery underworld that luxury car buyers entranced by the German badges could be swayed by one wearing the Hyundai ‘H’. Yet if it were accepted that unexpected upstarts couldn’t challenge the Germans, then everyone might have ignored a car that in 1989 spooked Audi, BMW and Mercedes with its remarkable build quality and regal levels of refinement...

Mercedes-Benz C200 v BMW 320i : Comparison review

Not long ago the BMW 320i and Mercedes-Benz C200 would have had their model designation badges removed before their starting-out business executive owner even left the showroom. Behind the allure of tri-star and propeller badges were the reality of wheezy base engines and specification that often left execs cranking window winders...

Audi SQ5 v BMW X4 30d v Porsche Macan S Diesel : Comparison review

We are just about getting used to the idea of sporty cars powered by diesel engines, but the Audi SQ5, BMW X4 30d and Porsche Macan S Diesel further test the scepticism of purists. Can a diesel-powered SUV be a genuine performance star? It’s fitting the SQ5 is here because it was Audi that started the modern era of diesel performance with its R10 and R15 TDI race cars that, with the exception of 2009, dominated Le Mans between 2006 and 2011 (before hybrids became trendy)...

Luxury Sedan Comparison Final Round : Mercedes-Benz C-Class v BMW 3 Series v Volvo S60

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was Australia’s favourite luxury car in 2013. Perhaps a more impressive fact, however, is that Stuttgart’s mid-sized model outsold every mainstream medium car except the Camry and Mazda 6. It’s fair, then, to call this a significant volume car – as is its decades-old arch enemy, the BMW 3 Series, which matched that last feat...

Luxury Sedan Comparison Round One : Audi A4 v BMW 3 Series

It’s untrue to say more Australians are buying premium cars than ever before, at least when talking about the traditional compact sedan segment that consists of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS and Volvo S60. Comparing July 2004 with July 2014 year-to-date sales, those models are up 18 per cent in a new car market that is up by exactly the same number...

Porsche Macan v BMW X4 : Comparison review

Who will it be, the all-new Porsche Macan, or the BMW X4 for the title of best sporty SUV under 100k...

BMW M4 v Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 : Comparison review

BMW M Division is the master of toying with magic these days. Here is the brand new BMW M4 we’ve been driving for less than an hour, at 100km/h on Melbourne’s Monash freeway while the official launch is still happening in New Zealand, and the trip computer is reading 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres...

Audi A5 v BMW 4 Series : Comparison review

The mid-sized sedan segment remains the most intensively competitive in the world of luxury cars, but a fascinating off-shoot is provided by the likes of the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series. And these two luxury coupes are now even matched in naming approach, with BMW changing the name of its 3 Series Coupe to take on Audi’s two-door that’s based on the A4...

Luxury SUV Comparison : BMW X5 v Mercedes-Benz ML-Class v Range Rover Sport v Porsche Cayenne

The arrival of a bigger, third-generation BMW X5 styled to please America prompted that we revisit that age old question – are large SUVs lumbering, unwieldy tanks better suited to the bush? (or Bush?) Or are they viable high-rise family wagons? We picked the $100K price point, where the stars align in terms of 3...

400kW Club Comparison : Audi RS6 v BMW M5 v Jaguar XFR-S v Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG

Chief executives sitting in lofty boardrooms make changes less frequently than the manufacturers of the cars they drive, or so it seems. One year ago we tested the BMW M5 and it was the only luxury muscle car with 400-plus kilowatts of power; the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG made 386kW, the Jaguar XFR 375kW...